»M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The master-of-science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) prepares students to become fully licensed speech language pathologists, clinicians and/or supervisors in healthcare and education settings.

This full-time, intensive program is a rich combination of didactic and clinical/fieldwork courses providing carefully guided internships every semester. Placements include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, agencies, early intervention programs, and K-12 public schools.  Students have both on-site supervisors and university supervisors assigned for each setting.

Through skillful modeling and leadership, and highly individualized instruction, students develop the necessary professional competencies to:

  • Assess and treat persons with developmental or acquired communication disorder, such as stuttering, deafness/hearing loss, cleft palate, articulation disorder, child language disorder, autism spectrum disorder, voice abnormality, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and swallowing disorders;
  • Counsel and support individuals, their spouses, family members, siblings, educators and other professionals on the use of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, augmentative and alternative communication systems, and other technology to communicate effectively.

The CSD program is in Initial Accreditation by the Council of Academic Accreditation Audiology and Speech Language Pathology and approved by the California Council of Teacher Credentials (CTC).  Graduates are eligible for a California Speech LanguageCOuncil of Academic Accreditation logo Pathology Services Credential, a California state license in speech language pathology, and a national Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA.

+-CSD at the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County's 10th Annual Red Carpet Ball

Down Syndrome Association of Orange County's 10th Annual Red Carpet BallThe Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC) formed a service partnership with the CSD Program at Chapman University at the 2013 Homecoming Celebration and Alum Reunion. Students in the CSD graduate program provide friendship and support by volunteering at their bike tours, decorating and serving as chaperones at the social events of this community group. The Red Carpet Ball is a premier event held each February in Orange County.

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+-Program at a Glance

  • 30-student cohort model with entry each fall
  • A 64-unit program designed to be completed in two years (including summer terms) with 10-12 units of coursework and practicum per semester
  • Late afternoon and evening classes
  • Required 400 hours of supervised practicum in education and healthcare settings

CSD Course Sequence (.pdf)

+-Two Emphases Areas Combined

School-Based Setting Emphasis: 
The school-based setting emphasis prepares candidates to assess and treat preschool through high school students with communication disabilities that adversely affect their academic success. Students will become familiar with federal and state laws, family counseling, evidence-based practice in articulation and language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, language/literacy delays, attention deficit disorders and augmentative and alternative communication.

Medically Related Conditions Emphasis: The medically-related conditions emphasis focuses on the conditions of voice disorder, neuro-physiological syndromes, dysphagia (swallowing), and stroke rehabilitation, and any injury or illness that results in speech language impairment. Speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community clinics and private practice.

To combine the two emphasis areas, special clinical training sessions are incorporated into the program each year at no additional cost, e.g. AAC Camp, Stroke Survivor Boot Camp, Communication Recovery Group, Literacy for Homeless Students, Feeding for At Risk Infants, Preschool Speech and Language Screenings, Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Screening, Cleft Palate Panel, Sunrise Assisted Living Center Meal Program, Weekend Fluency Sessions, Brain Injury Treatment Program, and more.

CSD Course Progression Plan (.pdf)


To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following:

  • Please visit the CSDCAS webpage to apply to the Communication Sciences & Disorders program.
  • Undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or the Post-Baccalaureate equivalent (leveling courses, see below).  Minors will not be accepted.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores taken within the last five years (can be submitted directly to CSDCAS)
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions attended (submitted through CSDCAS);
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an academic source, which describe your professional and academic abilities(submitted through CSDCAS);
  • A personal essay that will be used to assess the applicant’s writing skills, career commitment and professional goals(submitted through CSDCAS).
  • The deadline to apply for fall 2014 application to CSDCAS is January 15, 2014.  All application materials must be received by this date at CSDCAS to receive priority consideration
  • Successful candidates have a minimum of 3.0 GPA and minimum GRE scores of 152 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, and 3.5 Analytical Writing.
  • The average GPA from the previous year was 3.4
  • Successful paper-screened applicants will be contacted for a personal interview, or a SKYPE interview with the director.
  • Once your CSDCAS application has been received by our office, we will contact you about the supplemental application and supplemental application fee required.  Until then, only your CSDCAS application needs to be submitted by the January 15, 2014 deadline.

+-Program Director and Faculty

Judy Montgomery, PhD CCC-SLP, has four decades of experience as a speech language pathologist, federal grant Judy K. Montgomery, PhD CCC-SLPdirector, school principal, director of special education and professor.  She earned her bachelor of science degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; her master’s degree in communication disorders from California State University-Long Beach and her doctorate from Claremont Graduate School. She has been a full professor at Chapman University for 19 years, teaching in the masters program in Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders and at the doctoral level in Disability Studies.

An active researcher, Dr. Montgomery has written 13 books, 18 peer-reviewed journal articles, one standardized test and over 50 other book chapters and scholarly publications in the field. She is the editor-in-chief of an international journal, Communication Disorders Quarterly, with SAGE Publications.  She is an ASHA Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language and consults frequently with school districts, state departments of education and international speech language hearing entities.

Dr. Montgomery has held the position of President of four national professional organizations – including the 180,000-member American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 1995. Recently, she served as the Chair of the Scientific and Professional Education Board of ASHA, and the Global Clinical Coordinator of the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Program in Washington DC. 

She has received numerous awards including the Chapman University Scudder Award (twice), the Annie Glenn SLP School Leadership Award (2008), the California Speech Language Hearing (CSHA) Honors of the Association (2010) and the ASHA Honors of the Association (2010).


  • Janet Dodd, SLPD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
  • Candace Vickers, PhD., CCC-SLP, Clinical Faculty in Neurological Disorders
  • Angela Mandas, MA, CCC-SLP, Fieldwork Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty
  • Darla Hagge, PhD., CCC-SLP, Fieldwork Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty
  • Elisabeth Ward, MA CCC-SLP. Assistant Professor

Adjunct Faculty

Clinical Supervisors

  • Chris Switzer, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Deborah Warren, MA CCC-SLP
  • Kimberly Tan, MA CCC-SLP
  • Katherine Bowman, MS CCC-SLP
  • Liz Eszlinger, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Tracy Kerns, MA CCC-SLP
  • Katie Kolstad, MA  CCC-SLP
  • Angie Torres, MA CCC-SLP
  • Anna Ackerman, MS  CCC-SLP
  • Leslie Sierra-Guzman, MA CCC-SLP
  • Laura Garcia-Maxey, MA CCC-SLP

+-CSD Board of Counselors

The CSD Board of Counselors is both an advisory board and a student and faculty support organization comprised of community members and professionals with a deep interest and commitment to the field, and specifically this CSD Program at Chapman University.  Members meet twice a year with the Program Director and the Dean to discuss important activities and needs within the program, and hear directly from graduate students and alumni.

  • Gilbert R. Herer,  PhD    Audiologist, Professor Emeritis, George Washington University, Washington DC.
  • Jim Aten, PhD,  Speech Language Pathologist,  Retired Chief of Speech Pathology, VA Hospital Long Beach CA.
  • Sharlene Goodman, MA, Speech Language Pathologist, Chief Executive Officer, Newport Language and Speech Center, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Larry Goodman, President, WinWays, Transitional Living for Individuals with Brain Injuries, Orange, CA
  • James Stansell, Retired.  Son of the Founding Faculty member of original CSD Program at Chapman University, Dr. Barbara Stansell, San Diego, CA
  • Elisa Roche, EdD, Executive Director, Oralingua School for Children with Deafness/Hearing Loss, Whittier, CA.
  • Daga Krackowizer, MA, CCC-SLP.  Retired from San Diego City School District, Speech Language Pathology Program Director.
  • Ron Wenkart. JD,  General Counsel,  Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa, CA.

+-Post Baccalaureate Extended Education Courses

This accelerated certificate program in communication studies is designed for students interested in completing pre-requisites (leveling courses) necessary to apply for a master's degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Chapman University or another institution.

Students admitted to CU's year-long post-baccalaureate cohort program will complete ten courses – two courses each eight-week term for five consecutive terms totaling 30 credits*. The two courses each term will meet every-other-weekend for four weeks. Friday evenings (5:00-9:30 p.m. with 1/2 –hour dinner break) and and Saturdays (8 a.m.-5 p.m. with 1-hour lunch break).

Please visit the CU Extended Education site for more information.

+-Student Organization


The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association that consists of graduate and undergraduate students involved in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  It is the only national student organization in the field that is recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  NSSLHA helps raise awareness about the profession of speech-language pathology, and promotes the awareness of speech and/or language disorders.  The members of NSSLHA engage in a variety of community service and volunteering opportunities in the local community and the greater Los Angeles area, such as the Relay for Life, MS Walk, Autism Walk, and the Special Olympics.


Learn more about NSSLHA as well as the students by visiting our website at

Read about our recent events on our blog at 

+-Contact Us

For additional information about our M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, please contact:

MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders front desk

Judy Montgomery, Ph.D., CCC-SLP 

For additional admission information, please contact: 
Office of Graduate Admission 
888-CU-APPLY / 714-997-6711
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Scholarships for students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program are one of the areas of greatest need. To find out how you can give to the CSD program and support the work our students are doing, please visit the Support CSD page. Every dollar helps!